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K-State Today

March 23, 2016

Faculty members to present panel about nonviolent American leaders April 7

Submitted by Doug Benson

Three K-State faculty members will present a panel at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in 21 Bluemont Hall. They will discuss the legacy of the two most famous American practitioners of Gandhian nonviolence, and the events that were leading to a possible alliance of their movements: César Chávez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, and Martin Luther King Jr., founder and first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The panel will include:

Yolanda Broyles-González, Yaqui, university distinguished professor and head of the American ethnic studies department, will present "César Chávez in Indigenous Perspective: Envisioning a Just Society."

David L. Griffin Sr., assistant dean and director of the Center for Student and Professional Services, College of Education, will present, "Reflections on Memphis, April 4, 1968."

Douglas K. Benson, emeritus professor of Spanish language, culture and literature, will present, "César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968: Building Toward an Alliance."

After the program the audience is invited to participate in a discussion about how the vision of these powerful American activists can inform our work today.

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